Gunnison BIP

Basin Context:
The Gunnison Basin stretches across more than 8,000 square miles of western Colorado, extending from the Continental Divide to the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado rivers near Grand Junction. The basin is largely forested, with forest covering approximately 52 percent of the total basin area. About 5.5 percent of the basin is classified as planted or cultivated land, and these lands are primarily concentrated in the Uncompahgre River Valley between Montrose and Delta with additional pockets near Gunnison and Hotchkiss. Key future water management issues in this basin as described in The Colorado Water Plan include agricultural water shortages and increased growth and tourism in the headwaters region.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (water plan).

The Gunnison Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.

Basin Context:
The Gunnison Basin stretches across more than 8,000 square miles of western Colorado, extending from the Continental Divide to the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado rivers near Grand Junction. The basin is largely forested, with forest covering approximately 52 percent of the total basin area. About 5.5 percent of the basin is classified as planted or cultivated land, and these lands are primarily concentrated in the Uncompahgre River Valley between Montrose and Delta with additional pockets near Gunnison and Hotchkiss. Key future water management issues in this basin as described in The Colorado Water Plan include agricultural water shortages and increased growth and tourism in the headwaters region.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (water plan).

The Gunnison Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.